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Jakarta Post

Golkar commits to popular vote candidate selection

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 20 2008   /  11:24 am

In an attempt to boost its showing in next year's elections, the Golkar Party has assured its supporters it is serious about implementing an open system to determine its legislative candidates. Under the system, Golkar legislators will win seats at the House of Representatives based on the most votes won in the 2009 legislative elections. The party made this public assurance as it ended its three-day national leadership meeting here Sunday, saying the adoption of the open system was intended to heal rifts within the party and between its legislative candidates. "The party's central board will not intervene, and candidates with the most votes will automatically win seats," said Golkar deputy secretary-general Rully Chairul Azwar. He added that to avoid unhealthy competition among candidates, Golkar had issued a regulation preventing candidates in th...